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If you haven’t watched the first full-length “Luke Cage” trailer…

[ 38 ] August 9, 2016 |

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stop what you’re doing and do so. See that hoodie he’s got on? It’s not a coincidence.

Also, expect more posts from me soon, as I adjust to my new role in the culture department and Internet curation business. And more OLDMAN CAT — because people tolerate me, but love my elderly kittens.

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If you watch Mr. Robot, you’re about as empowered as this baby

[ 5 ] August 3, 2016 |

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At least according to me.

Who wants to pick a fight with George Takei over the future of queerness in science fiction?

[ 137 ] July 13, 2016 |

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Apparently, the answer is “I do!” — with a very welcome assist from the inestimable Adam Roberts, who I compliment in the hope that one day he’ll stop killing me in his novels. (He’s already informed me I die again in his next.)

Anatomy of an iconic image — or, SEK’s doing visual rhetoric again

[ 55 ] July 11, 2016 |

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My job description shifted a little in the past week — no more waking up at 3 a.m. and watching Fox News for eight hours — and so now I’ll be writing more like this.

I’d include the image I’m breaking down, but Erik used it below and it’d look a little odd to have it crop up twice in two hours on the front-page.

(EDITED: I stole it from Erik now. Actual credit goes to Jonathan Bachman/Reuters.)

THE MOFONGO INCIDENT

[ 13 ] July 8, 2016 |

OLDMAN VIRGIL: FINALLY YOU MAKE ME MY MOFONGO

SEK: I’m making me mofongo.

OLDMAN VIRGIL: I AM PUERTO RICAN GIVE ME MY MOFONGO

SEK: You’re from Mississippi, you’re not —

OLDMAN VIRGIL: PUT SHRIMP IN MY MOFONGO

SEK: Get out of the kitchen.

OLDMAN VIRGIL: PUT PIG IN MY MOFONGO

SEK: Knock it off.

OLDMAN VIRGIL: PUT MORE PIG IN MY MOFONGO

SEK: Do not hop on the counter.

OLDMAN VIRGIL: [hops on counter] I AM PUERTO RICAN GIVE ME MY MOFONGO

SEK: [tosses OLDMAN VIRGIL out of the kitchen]

OLDMAN VIRGIL: [from the library] I AM PUERTO RICAN GIVE ME MY MOFONGO

SEK: Shut up!

OLDMAN VIRGIL: I AM PUERTO RICAN GIVE ME MY MOFONGO

SEK: [hears crashing in the library]

OLDMAN VIRGIL: WHAT I DON’T KNOW BEATS ME I DIDN’T DO IT

SEK: I didn’t say anything. I think I preferred it when you couldn’t jump quite so

OLDMAN VIRGIL: TAKE THAT BACK YOU DON’T MEAN IT

SEK: You’re right, I’m sorry, that was awful of me to even —

OLDMAN VIRGIL: STOP YOUR WORDS APOLOGIZE WITH MY MOFONGO

Dear Internet Detectives,

[ 156 ] July 6, 2016 |

Please just stop. It’s abundantly clear where my sympathies rest on this issue, but everyone needs to stop scrutinizing low-quality cell-phone videos and determining, definitively-to-their-mind, whether Alton Sterling did or did not have a gun.

The problems are larger than this incident and whether he had a gun or was only thought to by the officers — the problems are systemic. If he turns out to have had a gun, conservatives will crow about “the convicted sex offender who resisted arrest while armed and got what he deserved,” and dismiss the need for any larger issue to be addressed.

And then we lose.

So stop playing Internet Detective with insufficient evidence and base your argument on the fact that because Sterling was SUSPECTED of having a gun, he was slammed to the ground, held down, and shot dead — whereas Dylann Roof, the Charleston church shooter, was KNOWN to have murdered multiple innocent parishioners and pulled over, escorted to Burger King in a bullet-proof vest, and is currently receiving the due process supposedly guaranteed to every American.

A Fourth of July Wish from SEK

[ 17 ] July 4, 2016 |

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Dear America,

Happy birthday! Now act your fucking age and stop flirting with fascists.

 

ONE IF BY LAND TWO IF BY GOP

[ 13 ] July 3, 2016 |

OLDMAN VIRGIL: THE REPUBLICANS ARE COMING THE REPUBLICANS ARE COMING

SEK: Those are just fireworks.

OLDMAN VIRGIL: NO THEY ARE NOT ONE IF BY LAND TWO IF BY GOP

SEK: One what if by —

OLDMAN VIRGIL: WHITE PEOPLE IN RED HATS MARCHING DOWN THE STREET WITH GUNS

SEK: I see no guns, it’s just fire — Jesus Christ, it is white people in red hats.

OLDMAN VIRGIL: AS OLD BLACK MAN CAT I AM AFRAID

SEK: I don’t think they’re Trump supporters, I think —

OLDMAN VIRGIL: THEY HAVE COME TO MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN

SEK: At least your brother will be safe.

OLDMAN VIRGIL: THIS IS NO TIME TO JOKE WHERE IS THE SECRET STAIRCASE

SEK: Right behind the shelf of Holocaust literature.

OLDMAN VIRGIL: I WILL SEE YOU AFTER THE PATRIOTS LEAVE

SEK: I think it’s just a church group.

OLDMAN VIRGIL: THAT IS HOW IT BEGINS

I GOT YOU

[ 16 ] June 29, 2016 |

OLDMAN MUND: I GOT YOU

SEK: You got me how?

OLDMAN MUND: TOTALLY GOT

SEK: How so?

OLDMAN MUND: COMPLETELY GOTTEN

SEK: Should I be worried?

OLDMAN MUND: PEED ALL OVER IT

SEK: Jesus Christ — peed all over what?

OLDMAN MUND: YOUR ROUND PAPER

SEK: My “round paper”?

OLDMAN MUND: PEED ALL OVER YOUR ROUND PAPER

SEK: Whereabouts?

OLDMAN MUND: THE ROOM I’M NOT ALLOWED IN FUCK YOU

SEK: The bathroom?

OLDMAN MUND: THE MOTHERFUCKING BATHROOM

SEK: You peed all over my “round paper” in the bathroom?

OLDMAN MUND: ALL OVER IT

SEK: So I need to buy more toilet paper?

OLDMAN MUND: I FUCKED THAT SHIT UP

SEK: You would be so be disappointed, if only you knew…

YOUR WATER IS WRONG

[ 17 ] June 27, 2016 |

OLDMAN VIRGIL: WHY YOU PUT WATER BOWL ON HEAD

SEK: It’s not a water bowl, it’s an ice pack.

OLDMAN VIRGIL: WHY YOU PUT WATER BOWL ON HEAD

SEK: It’s not a — I have a migraine.

OLDMAN VIRGIL: I WANT SOME

SEK: Some what?

OLDMAN VIRGIL: GIVE ME YOUR GRAIN

SEK: I don’t think you —

OLDMAN VIRGIL: ALL YOUR GRAIN NOW

SEK: You want my grain? You’ll have to put my water bowl on your head first.

OLDMAN VIRGIL: DEAL NOW PUT WATER BOWL ON MY — WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT

SEK: My “water bowl.”

OLDAMN VIRGIL: YOUR WATER IS WRONG

SEK: It is what it is.

OLDMAN VIRGIL: IT IS BROKEN YOU CAN KEEP YOUR GRAIN

SEK: Thanks, now how about some quiet time?

FOLLOW OLDMAN CAT ON FACEBOOK BECAUSE WHY NOT SO DO IT NOW ALREADY

Dear folks who supported Sanders as much as I did — it’s called a mirror, look in it

[ 429 ] June 9, 2016 |

The primary fight was well fought, and it pulled the congenital centrist to her left, but at this point, all that matters is this:

The Norotious R.B.G.: 83 years old
Anthony Kennedy: 79 years old
Stephen Breyer: 77 years old

I’m not saying those ages should’ve had matter BEFORE we shifted into the general election — I think I made who I supported pretty fucking clear — but now that that shift has in fact occurred, we have to remember that sometimes principles are more important than parties, and presidents less important than ideals.

In short, we need to remember that the majority of what we’ve gained in the past seven years under an Obama administration has had far more to do with the composition of the Supreme Court than who occupied the White House.

I’m not saying you have to like it. I’m not saying you have to approve of anything. I’m not saying you have to kowtow to the chant of historic claims.

I’m just saying that if you let your personal disappointment pave the way for a Trump-nominated Supreme Court in which the gains in civil rights for the LGBTQ community are curtailed, in which Obamacare is scaled back, in which already restricted voting rights for minorities are further limited, in which abortion becomes a back-alley procedure again — if you let your personal heartache hurt all those people, can you really call yourself a liberal?

This is a serious question, and it ain’t about any particular candidates. It’s just something to think about before you start bawking/balking about who you’re voting for. This isn’t capitulation — it’s the future of civil rights for actual American human beings who are not you, as well as for the very definition of this country as a nation of immigrants.

We shouldn’t become a nation of nativist wall-builders — because if I remember correctly, even someone despised by the left once urged someone to tear down some wall, and it was the right fucking idea then, and it is, preemptively even, the right fucking idea now.

Life is difficult. Decisions are contingent and imperfect. Stop trying impose what has, in this election cycle, proven to be an assailable idealism on an election that requires defeating an opponent unlike any since Andrew Jackson.

I don’t want to support her either, or the DNC, or triangulation — but she’s not deflecting questions about whether she’d accept the support of the KKK and Stormfront, so all you Sanders supporters on my timeline considering flipping to Trump?

Fuck the fuck you.

Just — never mind, there’s no “just” here.

It’s simply “Fuck the fuck you,” like turtles, all the way down. If you’re so wounded as to prefer someone who won’t denounce Klansman and Nazis to preserve a key portion of his demographic in order to defeat Hillary Clinton, you’re profoundly broken.

SEK’s Big Adventure, Part Whatever-It-Is-At-This-Point-I-Give-Up

[ 39 ] June 4, 2016 |

Today started weird, then got weirder:

SEK: Hello, Mr. Rooster.

ROOSTER ON SEK’S PORCH: (walks like roosters own the place)

SEK: Why are you on my porch?

ROOSTER ON SEK’S PORCH: (walks like roosters own the place)

SEK: Don’t you have someplace you belong?

ROOSTER ON SEK’S PORCH: (walks like roosters own the place)

SEK: You know there’s both a TINY OUTSIDE CAT and a SLIGHTLY LARGER OUTSIDE CAT who frequent this place?

ROOSTER ON SEK’S PORCH: (walks like roosters own the place)

SEK: You don’t understand a fucking word I’m saying, do you?

ROOSTER ON SEK’S PORCH: (walks like roosters own the place)

SEK: Get off my porch, Mr. Rooster.

ROOSTER ON SEK’S PORCH: (walks like roosters own the place)

SEK: Seriously, get off my —

ROOSTER ON SEK’S PORCH: (ENTERS EXTREME DEATH ROOSTER ATTACK MODE)

SEK: OK I WILL GO INSIDE YOU CONTINUE TO ROOSTER OUT HERE AS LONG AS YOU’D LIKE

ROOSTER ON SEK’S PORCH: (walks like roosters own the place)

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